Nilewater Multimedia Presents
in partnership with The Caribbean Film Academy and Motor House:

FESPACO West Film Series – Afro-Caribbean

FESPACO West Film Series – Afro-Caribbean will feature 7 short films from Haiti, Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Martinique, Barbados, and Curaçao that have been produced in the last 5 years. The screening time will be about 2 hours and 6 minutes with a brief Q&A after the films led by the event host.

7 PM (Doors) 7:30 PM (Film Screening)
$7 Adv | $10 Day Of

Purchase tickets here.



Film Program:

SUGAR (Jamaica, Sharon Leach and Michelle Serieux, 19 mins)
A young black Jamaican girl from the underclass and on the brink of womanhood, works at a Jamaican resort where she witnesses tourists’ affluence on a daily basis. As the de facto breadwinner for her very large family, she faces a crisis of conscience, when a tourist couple seems to be the answer to her financial predicament.


VIVRE! (Martinique, Maharaki MJ, 14 mins)
A teacher asks her class, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”. While his joyful classmates respond, Tom, a quiet 10-year-old boy, slips away.


AUNTIE (Barbados, Lisa Harewood, 16 mins)
Seven years after Kera’s mother emigrates to England in search of a better life, Auntie is confronted with the day she has long dreaded. The day the plane ticket which will reunite Kera with her mother, arrives. Unable to accept the inevitable, Auntie makes a hasty decision, which goes against everything she claims to stand for. She risks damaging the special bond between them on the eve of the child’s departure.


The Professor’s pupils practice with wooden sticks, not sharp blades.

PAPA MACHETE (Haiti, Jonathan David Kane, 11 mins)
A glimpse into the life of Alfred Avril, an aging subsistence farmer who lives in the hills of Jacmel, Haiti. Avril is one of the last remaining masters of Tire Machèt, the indigenous martial art created by enslaved Africans to defeat Napoleon’s armies. Teaching about the practical and spiritual value of the machete—which is both a weapon and a farmer’s key to survival—Avril provides a bridge between his country’s traditional past and its troubled present.


SORF HAIR (Trinidad & Tobago, Shari Petti, 24 mins)
Sorf Hair explores the natural hair experience in Trinidad & Tobago as several people from all walks of life and different hair textures unearth their stories, challenges, and give their point of view on how and why naturals are treated the way they are in the space.


TI COQ (Martinique, Nadia Charlery, 23 mins)
TI COQ tells the story of Josué, a roguish boy living with his grandmother. He has a pet rooster that he loves, and wishes to train him to become a dreaded fighting cock. A succession of unexpected events, however, looks set to frustrate his plans.


HEART OF A MONSTER (Curaçao, Damian Marcano, 19 mins)
A man goes out to battle a monster that has plagued his village for centuries. For generations, it has become the duty of every man – once they come of age – to go out and fight the monster. After the failed attempt of the village’s strongest man, the elders are forced to send the next best option, Gengu. Spoken entirely in Papiamentu, the official language of Bonaire, Aruba, and Curacao.

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Nilewater Multimedia
A multimedia company representing Africa and the African Diaspora in various forms of audio and visual media.

The Caribbean Film Academy 
Established in 2012, CaFA, is a NY not-for-profit created to share Caribbean films and support Caribbean filmmakers, in the region and the diaspora. CaFA’s work provides platforms for the exhibition, production, and distribution of Caribbean stories, worldwide.

FESPACO
The Pan-African Festival of Cinema and Television of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) is the largest film festival in Africa and takes place biannually in the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou. The 26th edition of the festival will take place on February 23, 2019-March 3, 2019 and will celebrate its 50th anniversary.